Using a range of teaching and learning activities can help to better engage students and encourage a deeper learning approach. It is important to view teaching spaces (lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, labs) as a method for providing students the opportunity for active learning rather than as simply a space for transferring information (Biggs & Tang, 2001). In order for this to happen, teaching staff should shift their focus from what the teacher does to what the students should be doing and/or what we want them to be doing (Biggs & Tang, 2007). A range of teaching and learning activities are provided that encourage a teaching and learning environment conducive to active student learning.
Biggs, J. (2003). Teaching for quality learning at university: what the student does, Open University Press, United Kingdom.
Biggs, J., and Tang, C. (2007). Teaching for Quality Learning at University, 3rd ed. Maidenhead, UK: McGraw Hill.
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